Hypno stories reassurance...

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Hypno stories reassurance...

Hello ladies - I am 4 days from my due date. I have seen a couple stories on various sites where hypnobabies didn't go as planned.. I am just looking for a few positive reassurances from the women that it has worked for and why it's worked for you...

I have been doing the Cd's and course material, and DH does it with me. When I have had pressure waves, he is a great support, repeating the relaxing words and doing the relaxing triggers for me.

I find hearing others positive affirmations really comforting.

Thanking you all in advance...

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I loved Hypnobabies! I was in labor for three days without even a bit of pain. Hard work? Yes. Pressure? Yes. Intensity? Yes. All very manageable all day Monday, all day Tuesday, and into Wednesday. I spent hours breathing through pushing contractions on Wednesday because I hadn't dilated fully (and was unable to push his head past it, either) and was feeling frustrated along with the hard work & pressure & intensity, but I still didn't feel any pain.

My pain started when I got to the hospital for Pitocin & an epidural. Ironically, the epidural didn't work so I was dealing with Pitocin-induced dilation contractions on top of my body's natural pushing contractions, and I was unable to move to work with them. I was also in & out of sleep, and my support team didn't seem to understand quite how miserable I was and didn't give me any of the Hypnobabies cues. Lesson to take from this: if your epidural doesn't work, say something!

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hypnobabies worked wonderfully for me until the last hour of my labor/delivery. i was very vocal and pretty overwhelmed toward the end. but for the hours leading up to that, i was having pit-induced contractions that were registering very high on the monitor, and i felt no pain. my nurse and midwives kept commenting on how calm i looked. they knew not to ask me to rate my "pain" or talk about "pain." but i could see it in their faces..."why isn't this woman crying out in pain???" i was just swaying back and forth, or pacing, and smiling/talking the whole time, with my lightswitch in the center. i told them the contractions felt good, and it was true! they just felt like pressure and tightening, and i knew each one was bringing me closer to holding my baby. i attribute all that to hypnobabies reprogramming the way my mind thought about labor. and i also credit hypnobabies for getting me through the last, most-difficult/intense hour of my labor. even though i couldn't calm down enough to get myself into hypnosis and i was feeling pain, i never considered asking for pain-relief or doubted my body's ability to give birth, and i think that mindset is because of the preparation i had done with hypnobabies. the positive messages kept coming into my mind when i felt overwhelmed and helped me to cope. my biggest piece of advice is just let your body do it's work and don't resist any of it. your body will do it! also, with your DH being so well trained in how to help you, you will find a lot of comfort in just focusing on him, listening to his voice, and dealing with it one pressure wave at a time.

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

hypnobabies worked wonderfully for me until the last hour of my labor/delivery. i was very vocal and pretty overwhelmed toward the end. but for the hours leading up to that, i was having pit-induced contractions that were registering very high on the monitor, and i felt no pain. my nurse and midwives kept commenting on how calm i looked. they knew not to ask me to rate my "pain" or talk about "pain." but i could see it in their faces..."why isn't this woman crying out in pain???" i was just swaying back and forth, or pacing, and smiling/talking the whole time, with my lightswitch in the center. i told them the contractions felt good, and it was true! they just felt like pressure and tightening, and i knew each one was bringing me closer to holding my baby. i attribute all that to hypnobabies reprogramming the way my mind thought about labor. and i also credit hypnobabies for getting me through the last, most-difficult/intense hour of my labor. even though i couldn't calm down enough to get myself into hypnosis and i was feeling pain, i never considered asking for pain-relief or doubted my body's ability to give birth, and i think that mindset is because of the preparation i had done with hypnobabies. the positive messages kept coming into my mind when i felt overwhelmed and helped me to cope. my biggest piece of advice is just let your body do it's work and don't resist any of it. your body will do it! also, with your DH being so well trained in how to help you, you will find a lot of comfort in just focusing on him, listening to his voice, and dealing with it one pressure wave at a time.

My experience was similar minus the pitocin. I had 14 hours of labor an until the last 15 minutes I had no pain just pressure. I could feel the contractions roll in and out. I used the ribbon visualization and breathing from Hypnobirthing for the contractions but inbetween was texting a close friend and talking to my husband. I was never very good at the true self hypnosis but just having my mind programmed not to fear the process was enough for me to stay calm. The antibiotic I got for GBS positive burning sensation was more painful than my contractions because I wasn't prepared for it. I had a few contractions where I wanted to push but my MW wouldn't let me because I still had a small lip and that was very uncomfortable but still just pressure, not pain. The last 15 minutes did hurt but it was just the "ring of fire" pain because it took several contractions to get her out and I had some tearing. Just remember that your body knows what to do, relax and let it run the show. Smile

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

i told them the contractions felt good, and it was true! they just felt like pressure and tightening, and i knew each one was bringing me closer to holding my baby.

I experienced exactly the same thing. I remember very distinctly being in my living room when a particular *big* wave hit me, it seemed to last for freaking ever and it was just squeezing the daylights out of me. (Midwife's contraction app said it was 122 seconds long!) I could feel it moving Weston down, I could feel him opening me up. And when it was over, I smiled at my husband & midwife & said, "Wow, that was a good one!" DH told me later, much later when we were discussing the birth, that he thought when it was over, I was going to say I'd had enough of it all. No! I was still doing great!

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I found it very reassuring to read countless "all went well" birth stories in the weeks before my DD's birth. I studied Hypnobirthing and even though I didn't actively use anything I'd learned, it absolutely helped. I'd link directly to my birth story but for some reason I can't just link to a single post anymore. Anyway, here's a link to the page of my lodge that has my birth story. Scroll down until you see birthy stuff Smile I didn't have the sort of "didn't feel any pain" hypno birth and that's evident in my birth story but its a good read (if I must say so myself) for a mama looking for reassurance.

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?629616-*-*-*-*Erin-s-%28Preggo_in_Tuscon%29-Birth-Lodge*-*-*-*&p=8162941&viewfull=1#post8162941

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I am a Hypnobabies mommy for both of my babies. I've shown up to the hospital at 8cm and 6cm and the nurses are wanting to send me home because they thought I wasn't even in labor. I was talking/joking with them. With my daughter labor went really well, hypnobabies worked great, it doesn't block all pain for me personally. When I hit transition I feel it. But it made me stay calm and trust myself to be able to do this. My son was much harder, and more intense because he was not in the ideal position (sunny-side up). Back labor is rough even with hypnobabies. Also keep in mind though that my labors were really short. DS was ~4hours of labor and ~2 hours of pushing. DD was ~5 hours of extremely easy labor, ~3 hours of harder labor and ~10 pushing. So total labors were 6 hours for DS and 8 hours for DD.

You can do this!

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I've used hypnosis four times. Each time was different because each birth was different. For three of the four births I was mmore comfortable than my epidural birth. My epidural worked and I got it at 3cm, so Hypnobabies kept me as comfortable for the whole thing as I was in early labor with my first. Even with Hypnobabies birth sensations are very BIG and intense. Hypnosis does not mean that you won't feel anything. You will. Smile The worst it got was a full ache at the end (last handful of birthing waves). One of my births was complicated and I had excruciating pain from the complication. Hypnosis still kept me calm and focused, which I believe made a difference for my baby's health and safety.

Im using Hypnobabies again this time! Smile

Here is a collection of positive hypnosis birth stories:

http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.com/POSITIVE_birth_stories.htm

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I'm another that would have to say that it didn't make me feel no pain, largely because of some extenuating circumstances that caused me to not really use it as intended when the actual time came (I was in a panic about going into labor by a certain imposed deadline--DUMB!!!) BUT it was still incredibly valuable and absolutely helped me have a successful and positive natural birth experience. Even though my labor was not a dreamy walk in the park, it was still something that all my preparations had given me the tools to handle, and I would still recommend it to anyone. You will do just fine!

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I used hypnobabies and like PP I had a virtually pain free experience up until transition, when it did get too intense for me to be able to focus on hypnosis, but I still think the subconscious aspects of HB helped me keep it together and never feel the need to ask for pain meds. I KNEW I could do it and would get through it and everyone would be fine. My suggestion is not to expect a pain free birth, that just isn't a reality for most women, but you can have a comfortable, non-agonizing birth experience with HB, and if you do the program it will help keep you more calm and confident if something does happen to go wrong. You can absolutely do this and hypnobabies will help you have a better experience, even if it doesn't go exactly as planned.